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Week 2 in Sri Lanka by Rebecca Plant

November 23, 2015 | WECare in Sri Lanka

My second week in Sri Lanka was a bit more hard hitting than the first. We were off to see a dog, Charlie (who has a maggot wound on his head which we had previously treated) and on the way we saw a little girl running around in the road she looked around 4 months. We named her Saffy! Somebody had thrown boiling water all over her back and neck. She was very weak and her back was a mess,…

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Update from Rebecca Plant RVN – Week 1 in Sri Lanka!

November 12, 2015 | WECare in Sri Lanka

Life has totally changed for me! I’m currently living in a hotel room with a semi open bathroom which allows the sound of the ocean and the jungle noise to be heard all day long! We’re right on the south coast in a place called Talalla, it’s absolutely beautiful. The beach is filled with street dogs playing in the sand and lots of fishing boats. Life is very different to the North East here. For a start the driving is…

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Dining Experience in the Wild

November 4, 2015 | Sri Lanka

[one_whole] Think five-star personal service, sharing delicious cuisine and imported wines amid gratifying views of national park, however, remove artificial structures of a regular resort and you have ‘glamping’ at the Big Game Camp. Situated on the boundary of nature reserves and the Udawalawe National Park, this establishment offers semi-permanent tented safari camps together with an expert naturalist guide, where viewing a Sri Lankan Elephant is guaranteed. Big Game Camp prides itself on being Eco and environmentally conscious which is…

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New Villas, New Views

October 27, 2015 | Resort

I hear waves crashing, I smell ocean sea spray, I can see the ocean….I stayed in the Ocean View Villas. Talalla Retreat attracts peaceful-minded, surf-seeking, spiritual, travel-addicted crowds. The ‘trenders’ travel from far and wide in pursuit of temple quiet spa, prepped for holistic massages and a serene 20 meter pool… all in a sleek minimalist package. Nestled on the foreshore of the Talalla Retreat grounds are our newest accommodation villas boasting expansive views of tropical gardens and blue waters…

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June 26, 2014 | Sri Lanka, Surfing

When is the best surf in Sri Lanka? SEE FULL ALBUM We always get asked, “When is the best surf in Sri Lanka?” A common misconception is that there is no surf on the south coast during the April to October months. Here at Talalla Surf Camp, we know the truth! We have perfect waves for beginners and intermediate surfers – + without the crowds ALL YEAR ROUND. How lucky are we! This week a big swell ran through the…

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Perahera

March 17, 2014 | Did You Know?

Pomp and ceremony live on large in Sri Lanka, and never moreso than in Perahera across the nation. A celebration of Buddhist faith, the annual Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera is held every pre-full moon day of January or ‘Duruthu Poya’ in commemoration of Lord Buddha’s visit to Sri Lanka. The service begins in the temple, but the crowd of hundreds of thousands is here to see the parade. It starts with the whipcrackers – boys as young as 5 cracking…

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You must be coco-nuts!

March 17, 2014 | Resort

Climbing a 50 metre palm with only a little coconut fibre strapped around your ankles might not be everyone’s cup of (Ceylon) tea. But here at Talalla Retreat, it’s a weekly occurrence to keep our grounds in tip top condition. Nishantha is a lifetime coconut plucker  – or “poll kadanawa” in the local Sinhala – who’s been doing this for over 20 years. He scales the grand heights fearlessly and with the elegance of a cat, to keep our guests…

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Monkey Magic

March 17, 2014 | Sri Lanka

Dangling from the trees, or watching as you shower, toque macaques live only in Sri Lanka and wander wild through the jungle surrounding Talalla Retreat. Every year in the spring, babies emerge and cling to the belly of their monkey mama – the best type of shuttle, and with instant food! Naturally flexible, they are Sri Lanka’s tiny yogi’s – bending and jumping through the canopy. Seemingly flying, they’ve spent their whole lives searching the trees for the most delicious…

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Royal Kandy

March 17, 2014 | Sri Lanka

Resplendent in red and white costume that is centuries old, Kandyan dance is an important part of the culture of the ancient kingdom. Originally aligned to the Temple of the Tooth, the dance’s origins lie in an exorcism ritual originally performed by Indian Shamans. According to legend, the Indian shamans came to the island upon the request of a king who was suffering from a mysterious illness. The king was said to be suffering from a recurring dream in which…

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Portuguese Passion

March 17, 2014 | Sri Lanka

Like gems hidden in the mines of Ratnapura, Portuguese architecture is around every corner in Sri Lanka. It lays secret behind lush jungles, or shows off on a main street façade. Akin to traditional handmade lace, the ironwork drops and curls down from the roofs, the stalactites gripping on – barely fighting the humid climate. When Lorenzo De Almeida arrived to Sri Lanka in 1505 – sent off course after a storm at sea – the Portuguese influence immediately hit…

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